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Ripe, East Sussex, BN8
Offers in excess of £950,000

Property features

• Full planning consent to build four new homes with substantial gardens and further pasture land
• Fabulous rural village location with countryside views
• Berwick mainline station 3 miles
• Lewes 7.5 miles
• In all about 6.49 acres


A superb development opportunity to build four new homes in a lovely rural location on the south western edge of the village with wonderful views over the surrounding countryside looking towards the South Downs.

The property presently comprises a detached bungalow with gardens and garaging together with a number of farm buildings & pasture land all set within about 6.49 acres. The farm has road frontage to Mill Lane along the eastern boundary with a gated vehicular access to the bungalow and secondary vehicular access leading to the farm buildings. To the south and west the property adjoins farmland with a wonderful open outlook and fabulous countryside views to the South Downs. The property benefits from three separate planning consents to build four new homes; one to replace the existing farm bungalow, one a partial conversion of an older courtyard barn complex and lastly a pair of semi-detached cottages.


The Bungalow Plot

Planning consent has been established to replace the existing farm bungalow and garages with a two storey detached four bedroom dwelling of some 1,607 sq ft. The proposed dwelling is designed to a high standard in a local Sussex vernacular constructed in brick with part hung tile elevations under a pitched clay tile roof providing modern family living space with an open plan kitchen/dining area, sitting room, study, utility and cloakroom on the ground floor. The first floor comprises a master en suite bedroom and three further double bedrooms together with a family bathroom. 

Outside, the proposed scheme has the new dwelling set centrally in the plot surrounded by gardens and orientated to exploit the fabulous rural outlook to the west. The dwelling will benefit from a private entrance off Mill Lane with gravel driveway leading into a parking area at the side of the house. Whilst not forming part of the planning application site, a large part of the farmland adjoins the bungalow plot, stretching south west.

The Courtyard Development

The buildings forming part of the courtyard complex are, in parts, considered to date back to the late 18th or early 19th century originally constructed in flint and brick with modern additions/alterations. The consented scheme to convert the existing buildings to form a new dwelling preserves some of the original walls and structure of the existing barns that are considered to be of heritage interest whilst the remainder is rebuilt on the existing footprint. The proposed scheme provides a high quality four bedroom new home of distinct character offering a fabulous contemporary living space which incorporates extensive glazed areas to take advantage of the wonderful rural outlook, including sliding glass doors off the open plan living area leading into the inner courtyard.

The accommodation is set in a ‘U’ shape around an inner courtyard area and extends to about 2,214 sq ft comprising of an open plan kitchen/living/dining space, study, utility/boot room, master bedroom suite, three further double bedrooms and a family bathroom.

Outside, the proposed scheme retains the existing farm access off Mill Lane with a large front garden and driveway leading to the front entrance and parking area. There is a sizeable paddock area to the rear of the dwelling.

Semi-Detached Cottages

Planning consent has been granted to demolish an existing concrete barn and separate corrugated steel shed/barn located at the northern end of the property and construct a pair of semi-detached, two bedroom cottages – each offering some 800 sq ft of accommodation. The proposed cottages are designed with red face brickwork with burnt headers; the main roof to be covered with plain tiles. Internally the cottages are a mirror image of each other and will provide two double bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor and a sitting room, utility room and open-plan kitchen and dining room, with extensive glazing to the rear to take in the views.

Each cottage will have very good-size west facing gardens to the rear and ample parking area to the front with a shared access drive off Mill Lane.

Roseneath Farm is situated in a wonderful rural location on the edge of this pretty village which lies between the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the South Downs National Park. Historically, Ripe is mentioned in the Doomsday Book and was owned by Harold II – who was famously killed at the Battle of Hastings.

Ripe itself has a 13th century church, a village store/post office with café and a nursery school.  The village lies about 7.5 miles to the east of the county town of Lewes and 9 miles from Uckfield which together offer a very good range of shopping facilities, supermarkets, restaurants, independent cinema and other services and amenities along with main line train services to London. The coastal towns of Eastbourne and Brighton are 12 and 16 miles respectively. 

The site presently benefits from an independent mains power and water supply to the existing bungalow and a separate independent mains power and water supply to the farm buildings. The existing bungalow is connected to mains drainage. Purchasers are advised to make their own enquiries of service providers in respect to any new connections that may be required as part of the proposed development. There are overhead power lines traversing the site which may need to be relocated as part of the development.

Town & Country Planning

The Bungalow Plot full planning consent was granted by Wealden District Council on 20th January 2020 reference WD/2018/2102/F and full planning consent for the Courtyard Development and the pair of semi-detached cottages was granted on 20th December 2019 reference WD/2019/0988/F and WD/2019/0989/F respectively.

The Bungalow Plot planning consent is subject to a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) liability of £12,347.25 unless exemptions apply.

There are Section 106 Agreements associated with the planning consents for The Courtyard Development and the Semi-Detached Cottages in relation to Wealden District Council’s SAC (Special Area of Conservation) Contribution. Payments are due in relation to the developments, which are presently set at £2,697 per dwelling unit.

All planning documentation is available online on the Wealden District Council website or upon request from Samuel & Son.

Local Authority

Wealden District Council


Purchasers must satisfy themselves on the location of all boundaries from the Land Registry Plans available and their own physical inspection of the property. Any acreages, areas and measurements quoted are for guidance purposes only and should not be relied upon as statements or representations of fact.

Architect plans have been reproduced by kind permission of Turner & Hoskins Architects Ltd.


The property is offered freehold with vacant possession upon completion.

Method of Sale

The property is offered for sale by private treaty.


Strictly by appointment with the Vendor’s Sole Agent, Samuel & Son.


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